2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
OENG5200M Managing Major Engineering Projects
15 creditsClass Size: 150
Module manager: Dr Tristano Sainati
Taught: 1 May to 30 Jun (2mth)(adv yr), 1 May to 30 June View Timetable
Year running 2021/22
Pre-requisite qualificationsStudents will have met the entry criteria for the Online MSc in Engineering
This module is not approved as an Elective
Module summaryMajor Engineering projects are temporary endeavours (i.e. projects) characterized by: large investment commitment, vast complexity (especially in organisational terms), high strategic importance to their stakeholders and long-lasting impact on the economy, the environment, and society. Major Engineering projects are most often related to the sectors of Energy, Transport, Water, Health, Military, Education, etc. More generally, major projects range across many sectors, with a high expectation on the outcomes they will deliver. They are often (but not always) associated with budget escalation and delay and questionable cost/benefit analysis. The interfaces are often complex, meaning that project managers need to be aware of the key priorities, issues and where they can draw on recognised best practice. Public bodies and major companies are often involved (e.g. as sponsor or contractor) in major Engineering projects and, therefore, it is fundamental that that their personnel is aware of key peculiarities, issues and best practices in the field.
ObjectivesThis module introduces students to the key characteristics of managing major Engineering projects. Students will learn to understand the context and stakeholders in which major Engineering projects are initiated and delivered. They will understand the key risks and their implication on financing and contracting.
The module will expose students to a range of best practices for planning and delivering major Engineering projects and give them an understanding of the life cycle of major projects in the Engineering sector. The module includes case studies of both successful and unsuccessful major Engineering projects in order to help students relate the theory to practice in exemplar projects.
On completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Understand the contexts in which major Engineering projects are planned and delivered;
2. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of a range of issues that are currently facing the Engineering project manager(s) in planning and delivering major projects;
3. Show awareness of a range of realistic situations that a successful Engineering project manager would have to manage and control in typical industrial environments;
4. Show an awareness of best practice for planning and delivering major engineering projects.
Strategic planning for major Engineering projects.
People management: including communications, team building and motivating others.
Commercial acumen: based on an awareness of the key drivers for business success, causes of failure and the importance of providing customer satisfaction and building customer loyalty.
Innovation, creativity and enterprise: the ability to generate, develop and communicate ideas, gain support, and deliver successful outcomes.
Numeracy: the use of quantitative skills to manipulate data, evaluate, estimate and model business problems, functions and phenomena.
1. General introduction to Engineering project management and key differences with ‘business as usual;’
2. Definitions of project, programme and portfolio;
3. Methods to optimise efficiency and value in Engineering projects;
4. Introduction to major Engineering projects (and programmes) and their performance;
5. Scope definition, including requirements translation & target operating model;
6. Stakeholders and stakeholder relationships in major Engineering projects
7. Techniques to build a robust and realistic business case;
8. Project management success (iron triangle) vs Project success (cost/benefit analysis for the different stakeholders);
9. Strategic risk management in major Engineering projects;
10. Time value of money and economic indicators for major Engineering projects;
11. Financing and contractual arrangements for Engineering managers;
12. Project governance and project leadership;
13. Improving infrastructure delivery: project initiation routemap.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Independent online learning hours||28.00|
|Private study hours||109.00|
|Total Contact hours||13.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||150.00|
Private studyPrivate study will include directed reading and self-directed research in support of learning activities and discussions, as well as in preparation for assessments.
Independent online learning involves non-facilitated directed learning. Students will work through bespoke interactive learning resources and reflective activities in the VLE.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackOnline learning materials will provide regular opportunity for students to check their understanding (for example through formative MCQs with automated feedback). Regular group activity embedded into learning will allow self and peer assessment providing opportunities for formative feedback from peers and tutors.
Online Webinar will also include opportunities for formative feedback, where students can present their ideas for the essay and receive feedback on this.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Essay||2000 word essay||90.00|
|Reflective log||500 word summary Weekly progress log||10.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Resit: 100% individual assignment
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 12/04/2022
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